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heritage, there is no easy answer. but the first step die e-dr. dialogue between% is happening at one of the great eggs institutions for art. gabriel elizondo. new york. >> there is much more on our website, the address to click onto: >> new details in the shooting outside a controversial art exhibition in texas. investigation what led two people to open fire. cartoons of the prophet muhammed. the republican field keeps growing with two more candidates announcing their bid to become president in 2016. and the need of aid why it's not getting to those most desperate in nepal.
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this is al jazeera america. live from new york city, i'm tony harris. we are learning more about a shooting outside a controversial art show in texas. one security guard was shot and the suspects were killed. the center was hosting an event featuring cartoons depicting the prophet muhammed. heidi zhou-castro is at the scene with more. >> we are learning more about how the shooting occurred. garland police say that just before 7:00 last night prior to this event wrapping up, two men drove to the parking lot of this event and they were armed with rifles. they were blocked by a police car and inside that police car was an officer and also an unarmed security guard. police say both parties exited their vehicle and the suspects
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immediately opened fire on the two, hitting the policeman and the security guard on the ankle. he responded and hit and killed those suspects. >> he did what he was trained to do and under the fire he was put under, he did a very good job. swoand probably saved lives.we think their strategy was to get into the events center and they were not able to get past that outer perimeter which we had set up as part of that security. >> this investigation is also trechg tostretching to arizona. the fbi has identified the two suspects and the fbi was searching the residence in
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phoenix. monitoring social media accounts, they have not ruled out terrorism nor have they drawn a direct link between the shooting and the cartoon contest that was happening inside the community center. the contest was hosting this, asking for cartoon depictions of the prophet plumed in an muhammed, in an effort to host free speech. this same area hosted a community event event right after the cheshed charlie hebdo attack. they are not ruling out the possibility that this attack was for the event inside the center.
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ben carson and his wife stood side by side at the detroit music hall, born in detroit, he told the audience he is not against the government but he feels it should reined in. >> i'm ben carson, a candidate for president of the united states. i think it's time for the government to rise up and take the government back. >> carson, is the only african american in the race, carly fiorina, announced her own bid for presidency. first republican woman to enter the 2016 race. in 2010 she ran unsuccessfully for the senate in california. fiorina made herb announcement this morning online. >> i'm carly fiorina. our nation is at a pivotal
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point. >> set to talk more about her plans later on this afternoon. an italian naval vessel today picked up nearly 100 migrants, they are now at the port of calabr iferga. mostcalabria. most of them traveled through africa and middle east. officials fear the country could be facing a new type of migration crisis, nazanine moshiri reports,. >> they tried to reach europe by boat now they're back where they started in africa. these are among 400 rescued by
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tunisians since march. these people being sheltered in the town of mednin are are african. >> we are from ghana not from here we say when we need help. >> reporter: tunisia is no longer escape route for migrants. that's because its borders are more secure. and coast guard vessels patrol the waters. but tunisian authorities say they're worried the lawlessness in libya will send more people out to sea. these fishermen are concerned too. it's becoming more difficult to make a living. >> translator: each trip costs $5,000 but we have to stop our fishing and return to shore with lost souls.
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>> reporter: the european union wants to tackle the problem at source mainly in africa. it plans to target the smuggling rings south of here in the shure sahara desert. >> it can run but there are limits. high unemployment here and most of these people are not happy to be here, they want to be in europe. >> many of these people walked for weeks for some this is their second failed attempt at crossing. they have lost everything but they still have hope. >> we prefer being in europe than being in africa. there's big difference. in africa and in europe.
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when you get to europe, everything will be okay with you. >> reporter: tunisia offers these people little more than shelter. they have a choice, go home with nothing or try to return to libya. risking their lives again to reach a new continent. are nazanine moshiri, al jazeera, southern tunisia. >> in nepal the death toll now tops 7300, aid groups say they are having trouble getting it to the people who need it most. sahil raman has more. >> working at full capacity. many needed tents and medical supplies are on their way to victims of the quake.
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>> surgical capacity, 20 bed capacity or so, general care and surgery, to have some mobile activity near the mountain. >> reporter: nepal's government is under pressure, accused of taxing aids coming in and a continuing slow response to the victims. >> either through air or through road will be free of tax. >> reporter: back at the airport, nepali soldiers are loading more aid. many planes are ready to fly to provincial areas. these tents have arrived from china. what we have seen here is as soon as that cargo lands it's offloaded and reloaded with items like this. the major problem is not every victim lives near an airport. >> we've had a commitment now from the government that the
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challenges that we experienced in the early days of the crisis that resulted in limited access to the commodities coming out of the airport and getting out to the communities that those problems were resolving. >> reporter: the disaster zone is huge. the majority of victims live in small, isolated areas many unreachable by road. this is where local aid organizations are playing a crucial role in the relief effort. and these guys with umbrella ngo, in the sacks account perishable items you've got several kilos of rice, soap, matches, candles of course for lighting and sanitary products, small items of clothing for children. there are 6,000 ngos across nepal, they are coordinating
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their effort. alongside the government the international agencies as well to make sure the aid that people really needs gets to them and gets to them on time. the people of nepal are also helping each other. upper most in many mines is the coming monsoon. the heavy rain is expected in six weeks' time. six weeks to get it to those who need help the most. security is tighter than usual in syria's capital today. syrian officials say a suicide bomb are blew himself up today but according to victoria gatenby says, there is conflicting accounts of how many how much damage it costs. >> the military head of
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logistics. >> using a suicide attacker riding on a bike according the eyewitnesses it was followed by periodic flashes which could indicate that there could be another group of rebels that tried to take the general's life. >> reporter: the attack has been claimed by the nusra front which has changed tactics and now joining other groups in the fight against general bashar al-assad and his assets. waiting to secure damascus once the regime is toppled. in the north armed affection merged to capture idlib now they are focused on attacking the stronghold of president assad. activists say barrel bomb and chemical attacks have increased in syria. around 200 regime soldiers are said to have been sheltering in this hospital, after syrian rebels recaptured the city.
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and this was the result of another government barrel bomb attack in aleppo. this rubble was a school building which despite all the fighting in the city was still open. rescuers have been digging through debris but they believe many of the dead and injured are children. >> translator: i urge king salman i urge him on behalf of all syrian to turn the decisive storm towards syria. we cannot take this anymore. >> also been following the campaign in yemen led by saudi arabia they are calling for similar military action against the syrian regime to diminish and defeat assad's forces. victoria gatenby, al jazeera. >> pooh coming up next, people in london say they have been pushed out of their homes for wealthy foreign investors. it could have big implication for the national elections. elections.
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>> you probably know this already. owning a home is increasingly become being owlts ofing out of reach for many americans. three quarters of u.s. rentsers have to pay half their family income for housing and utilities. number of such households has jumped nearly 26% since 2007. affordable housing is an issue in the u.k a huge topic in this week's elections. most britains under the age of 30 can nod afford to buy a home. as lawrence lee reports it's because foreign investors are buying up a lot of the property. >> on the banks of the river thames this isn't catering for people like policemen or nurse he.
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a one bedroom flat here costs over $1 million and most of it's already sold. the new american embassy will be here. the developers have gone out of the way to market this entire area not to londoners but to wealthy foreign investors. the vision is temping. an investor could install his girl frind ingirlfriend in his flat, or rent it or leave it empty. >> the center of london trooct attracts foreign investors. >> this woman has lived here for 20 years she helps victims of domestic violence.
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but if a wrecking ball comes here she'll be out. she could not afford it. >> small towns or wherever we can find it. because at the moment what they offer us we cannot afford to live in london anymore. >> developers have taken their road shows to investors in plagues he like singapore mumbai beijing who can charge thousands a month for rent. all over london the cranes move in. they protest but the noise of investment capital drowns voices out. >> this will create a dead part of london and we're against the heartless london. this is a living london. this is our last stand against social cleansing of inner london. >> reporter: successive governments have let this happen. after winning power in 1997,
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tony blair's first act was to visit these places, his government which first came up with the idea of knocking down these people's flats. ail of which brings us back to the elections and the endless debate about the deserving and the undeserving poor and whether there shouldn't be a cap on the number of poor immigrants who are allowed into the u.k. yet nowhere in this national conversation is there anything about the role of ritual foreigners whose actions have made it incredibly difficult for many many people to live in london at all. housing inflation is such that a leading charity found that just 43 homes in all of london were now affordable for first time buyers. thousands of young people have had to move out of the capital entirely failed by politicians and a market dominated by rich investors. lawrence lee, al jazeera in london. >> next on al jazeera america getting kids to read, small
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communities in are getting people to read and the fight to keep solar panels off your home.
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>> columbia's annual bogota book fair is paying tribute to the greatest literary figure.
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it is a special commemoration to the imaginary world of gabriel garcia marquez. but he did not inspire the love of reading in his country. >> reporter: the book fair is an imaginary one. macomba, the imaginary place invented by gabriel garcia marquez, who died a year ago. >> it resembles our wildest dreams. >> literary landscape made famous by 100 years of solitude. it aims to reconnect colombians to the books. reading garcia marquez is like looking deep into a magical mirror that reflects its passion he conflicts and contradictions but here in colombia outside of major cities view have read him
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and that is despite major public investment to increase readership still more than half the population don't read books. books are expensive and considered a luxury item. the quoft response has pen to build public libraries and free access to books computers and technology. 104 new libraries have been built in the last four years. like this one deep into a territory hit by the country's internal conflict. >> translator: the desire to know the world can be achieved through books. even if you don't have money to travel anywhere. >> reporter: with the help of volunteers stella has started a mobile version of the library where books are brought into isolated areas often.under often under
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rebel control. >> i remember we once walked five hours to reach an area, when we got had wow 60 people all anxiously waiting for books. >> for her work stella has been awarded with a national prize. mostly aimed at the next generation of readers. it's an uphill battle in a country still working to improve its education system put in this small town they're fighting it one page at a time. being alexander lompieta, al jazeera, colombia. >> head of the country's meteorological association high altitude railway to tibet
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global warming is a higher rate than the global average. beijing agreed to have emissions peak by 2030. solar panels are being installed more and nor in the united states, good for the environment. but at ali velshi reports not everyone is happy about the technology. >> americans are going solar now more than ever before. 2014 saw the most residential solar installations ever and that number is expected to increase by 60% next year alone. but that growth is clark with established utilities which -- is clashing with established utilities, charging fees or simply refusing to connect solar to the grid. it happened in hawaii, the most
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expensive electricity rates in the company it's prime area for solar. >> the rate of installations became so large and so fast. >> utilities said they couldn't keep up with demand and stopped looking up new solar customers like william walker to the grid. >> we paid $35,000 for the 18 panels that we have. >> that investment in solar panels was supposed to mean taking a $250 monthly electric bill down to around $20. but instead walker found himself stuck in limbo. a fancy new system and no grid. >> here's an example of heading towards sustainability where we need it most. and if it doesn't work in hawaii it ain't going to work anywhere! >> not ofast solar's potential has called the attention of tesla founder and silicon valley entrepreneur elon musk. his company figured out how to
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get more customers connected. the problem the utility company's bottom line. >> we are isolated grid here, and so some customer can get a rooftop solar not have to pay their electric bill. >> hawaii electric is proposing to charge a $71 monthly fee for solar customers which cuts into the incentive to go solar. it's not only utility charging tiffchargingstiff fees. it's happening in arizona as well. elon musk's company filed lawsuit against the utility company. >> never faced competition. >> at issue the minimum $50 monthly fee that salt river tacks on to solar commerce' bills. solar city claims it would penalize customers by adding about $6 a year -- 600 a year for
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their bill. but for fracture and support. the basic electricity grid of the past looks a heck of a lot like it does today. the business model is also the same. build power plants and transition lines and sell electricity at a regulated cost. utilities were guaranteed a profit. but solar is putting a big wrench in profits as installation costs go down and technology improves. >> historically that flow's been all one way as our customers are beginning to produce some of their own electricity for their own needs and selling the enrolling back to us. >> then of course there's the sunshine state. >> you guys florida voters william. >> florida residents also argue they are fighting against a monopoly. state law mandates that only utilities sell power. if you want solar in florida you have to buy it from them.
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>> the homeowner could dictate i want to sell it for this much or this much. >> we've got conservatives liberals environmentalists the florida retail association a whole host of people. >> but not all utilities are created equal states like north carolina nevada and california are leading the solar race. >> i'm happy it's happening without the high hand he governmental involved. >> psng, is leading the way the result thousands of jobs. ali velshi, al jazeera. >> the calendar says may the 4th. so of course star wars fans are celebrating around the world watching the seventh film in the series is set to be released with them, may the 4th be with
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you, yuck yuck. i'm tony harris, the news continues live from london. >> this is al jazeera. are. >> hello there i'm felicity barr and this is the newshour live from london. coming up in the next 60 minutes. >> please help me. help me please. i'm almost there. >> meet migrants whose dreams of crossing the mediterranean for a better life have been shattered. also ahead. >> i'm andrew simmons reporting from a mountainous region of nepal. i'll explain some of the reaso